Ula Gabrielle Gaha is the Purdue University Black Cultural Center Librarian. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature at Augusta State University (Now Augusta University) in Georgia. She minored in Women's and Gender Studies, which began her on the path of pursuing research through the lenses of feminist thought and thory. Her research interests include African American literature, literature of the American South, Black Feminist Thought, and William Faulkner scholarship.
In 2010, Ula earned both her Master of Arts in English and her Master of Library and Information Science degrees at the University of South Carolina. Her master's thesis, "The Futility of Conformity: The Danger of Gender Constructs in The Sound and the Fury" focuses on William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury and the role that sexuality plays in Quentin Compson's construction of identity.
After earning her MLIS, Ula earned a Specialist degree in Academic Libraries from the University of South Carolina in 2011. She was a faculty member at Mississippi State University from 2011-2013, and a faculty member at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame from 2013-2020, where she earned tenure.
Her publications include the following:
- Gaha, U., Hinnefeld, S., & Pellegrino, C. (2018). The Academic Library’s Contribution to Student Success: Library Instruction and GPA. College & Research Libraries, 79(6), 737. doi:https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.79.6.737
- Gaha, U., & Hall, S. “Sustainable Use of Social Media in Libraries.” Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL, 3(2), 2015.
- Gaha, U. (2012). Inhabitants of Borderlands: (An)other World of Subjugation. In M.D. Allen & S.D. Williams (Eds.), Afterimages of Slavery: Essays on Appearances in Recent American Films, Literature, Television and Other Media (pp.35-54). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
- Website, William Faulkner Directory https://sites.google.com/site/ulagaha/
As a librarian, Ula specializes in Information Literacy; specifically, developing and applying critical thinking skills to all facets of students' lives, not just academic research. She is dedicated to providing equitable access to information, and to protecting patrons' privacy.